Scandal novels and adaptations: Arte makes its comeback (literary)


spirit of winterfrom the book by Laura Kasischke, translated by Aurélie Tronchet (Christian Bourgois, Pocket Book)

In November

On this Christmas morning, Nathalie wakes up, haunted by a disastrous presentiment. Fourteen years ago, while she and her husband were adopting little Alice, had something followed them home? With Audrey Fleurot, a winter camera that plays on the codes of Gothic cinema.

Director: Cyril Mennegun (France, 2021, 3x45mn) Screenplay: Cyril Mennegun, Florence Vignon, based on the eponymous book by Laura Kasischke With: Audrey Fleurot, Cédric Kahn, Lily Taieb – Co-production: ARTE France, Kwaï

black butterflies

September 22 and 29 and on

Adrien is a novelist who lacks inspiration. In the absence of a new work, he writes the biography of illustrious strangers. Albert, a sick old man, hires him to immortalize his great love story with Solange, the woman of his life. But Albert’s story turns into the confessions of a couple of serial killers in France in the 1970s. Between fascination and repulsion, Adrien realizes the obvious: he has a good novel… A bloody odyssey carried by a cast of choice.

Creation and screenplay: Olivier Abbou, Bruno Merle – Director: Olivier Abbou (France, 2021, 6x50mn) – With: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Niels Arestrup, Axel Granberger, Alyzée Costes, Alice Belaïdi, Sami Bouajila, Lola Créton, Marie Denarnaud – Co-production: ARTE France, GMT Productions, Jack n’a qu’un Œil, Pictanovo, in association with Netflix

Note that in parallel with the series was published the book black butterflies by Mody – the pen name of Adrien – at ARTE Éditions / Les Éditions du Masque.

Trombased on the novels by Jógvan Isaksen

In October

In Denmark, journalist Hannis Martinsson receives a message from a certain Sonja who claims to be his daughter and to see her life threatened. Reluctantly, he returns to the Faroe Islands to investigate and discovers the body of the young woman in the bloody waters of a whaling. Soon, his search for answers brings him the wrath of the local police and unearths the secrets of a close-knit community.

Creation: Torfinnur Jákupsson – Director: Kasper Barfoed, Davíd Óskar Ólafsson (Denmark/Germany, 2022, 6x45mn) Screenplay: Torfinnur Jákupsson, Donna Sharpe, based on the novels by Jógvan Isaksen – With: Ulrich Thomsen, Maria Rich, Olaf Johannessen – Co-production: ARTE/ZDF, REinvent, Kyk Pictures, Truenorth, Viaplay


The courtyardon a screenplay co-written by Victor Jestin

September 30

Anya, 10, followed her parents around the world. She joined a CM2 class for the first time in the middle of the year. At recess, the boys reign over the courtyard which has become their football pitch. Revolted, Anya declares war on soccer players: it will be the girls against the boys… A fictional film produced from a child’s perspective by Hafsia Herzi, with Clotilde Courau and Jérémie Laheurte.

Director: Hafsia Herzi (France, 2022, 1h30mn) Screenplay: Victor Jestin, Nacim Mehtar With: Lucie Loste Berset, Clotilde Courau, Ludovic Berthillot, Djanis Bouzyani, Jérémie Laheurte – Co-production: ARTE France, Albertine Productions

The patientfrom the comic strip by Timothé Le Boucher (Glénat)

In October

Thomas wakes up in the hospital after three years in a coma. He learns that his family has been massacred. He is the only survivor…along with his missing sister. Thomas does not remember anything. Helped by a psychologist, he reconstructs his past. From this mental labyrinth arise unsuspected truths, terrifying memories…

Director: Christophe Charrier (France, 2022, 1h30mn) – Screenplay: Élodie Namer, Christophe Charrier, based on the comic strip by Timothé Le Boucher (Glénat) With: Txomin Vergez, Clotilde Hesme, Rebecca Williams, Audrey Dana, Stéphane Rideau, Alex Lawther – Co-production: ARTE France, Stromboli Films

50 shades of greek – Season 3

In December

Taramavirus epidemic that paralyzes mythology, remote Odyssey, fashion for youtubers with “Athena-Situation”, Jesus’ internship on Olympus or excesses of “Homer bnb” rentals: nothing escapes the hilarious criticism of 50 shades of Greeks in this new season awaited like the Messiah, once again served by a dizzying cast.

Author: Jul – Director: Mathieu Signolet (France, 2022, 30x3mn) Co-production: ARTE France, Haut et Court TV, Je Suis Bien Content. With the participation of Keren Ann, Sophia Aram, Isabelle Autissier, Audrey Azoulay, Manon Bril, François Busnel, Barbara Cassi, Laurent Delahousse, Anaïs Demoustier, Delphine Horvilleur, Irène Jacob, Camélia Jordana, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Valérie Lemercier, Pierre Lescure, Enrico Macias, Anna Mouglalis, Bruno Patino, Patrick Pelloux, Frédéric Pierrot, Sonia Rolland, Daphné Roulier, Léa Salamé, Leila Slimani, Bruno Solo, Philippe Torreton, Augustin Trapenard, Adèle Van Reeth, Alex Vizorek, Michel Vuillermoz…


See you Friday, Robinson

In October

Two of the most outstanding intellectuals of the 20th century – the Iranian writer and filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan, 99, and Jean-Luc Godard, the total incarnation of cinema, 91 – undertake a dialogue at the twilight of their lives. Failing to be able to bring them together, Mitra Farahani instigates a visual, sound and written correspondence between the two artists: for twenty-nine weeks, each Friday, each performs in a “video mail”, not without humor and clairvoyance…

Documentary by Mitra Farahani (France/Switzerland, 2022, 1h30mn) – Production: Ecran Noir Productions, Casa Azul Films, with the participation of ARTE France-La lucarne

Special Jury Prize (Encounters), Berlinale 2022

In the secret of hieroglyphs

September 21

The Champollion brothers Two hundred years ago, Jean-François Champollion deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs for the first time, thus solving one of the greatest enigmas in the history of humanity. But do we know the man in the shadows hidden behind the genie? Without Jacques-Joseph, the eldest brother of the family, the feat would never have taken place.

Documentary by Jacques Plaisant (France, 2022, 1h30mn) Co-production: ARTE France, TSVP Production

Arts and entertainment

The Super-8 years

September 14

Annie Ernaux revisits her personal story through family films edited by her son David. Moments of daily life, vacation trips, stays in Chile or Albania: the writer puts her voice on these silent images, which become like the chronicle of a French middle class and its aspirations after 1968. This story, where the intimate intersects with social fact, testifies both to an era and to the banal existence of a woman who is not.

Documentary by Annie Ernaux and David Ernaux (France, 2022, 1h20mn) Production: Les Films Pelléas, with the participation of ARTE France

Alice Schwarzer – One for all, all for one

In November

An unpublished portrait of Germany’s most famous feminist who, forty years ago, wrote the “I had an abortion” manifesto published in Stern. Author of several books on Simone de Beauvoir, founder of the feminist magazine Emma, ​​initiator of campaigns aimed at banning pornography…: at the age of 80, she has not given up any of her fights.

Documentary by Sabine Derflinger (Germany, 2022, 52mn) Co-production: ZDF/ARTE, Stock Entertainment, Mizzi

Queer Orlando: A New History of Sexuality

Early 2023

“The body is the most political and public thing there is,” says Paul B. Preciado, who has experienced sex change. Through the figure of Orlando, a trans character from the eponymous book by Virginia Woolf with which he identifies, the philosopher undertakes a joyful and provocative literary, historical, political and intimate journey.

Documentary by Paul B. Preciado (France, 2022, 52mn) Co-production: ARTE France, Les Films du Poisson

Ulysses by James Joyce

September 21

One hundred years ago, on February 2, 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses was published in Paris by the Shakespeare et Cie bookstore, founded by Sylvia Beach. “Illegible” or “overrated” for some, this book is considered by others to be the greatest novel of the 20th century, a masterpiece that revolutionized literary expression. Ruán Magan returns to the history of this explosive work and provides some reading keys.

Documentary by Ruán Magan (Ireland, 2022, 52mn) Coproduction: ARTE GEIE, Create One, RTÉ

The Great Scandal Novels

In November

“I will spit on your graves” Rage, sex and jazz

I will spit on your graves, published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan, is a black jewel set with gin, blood, sex and rage. The outraged story of revenge and an indictment against racism. The book revealed the dark side of its author, Boris Vian, and his commitment against injustice and intolerance. The story of a literary hoax turned into a scandalous bestseller.

Documentary by Natacha Giler (France, 2022, 52mn) – Co-production: ARTE France, Les Films d’Ici

Hello Sagan When “Hello Sadness” appears

Written by an 18-year-old girl, Hello Sadness is a little masterpiece of cynicism and cruelty that hit the headlines in 1954. Who is this Françoise Sagan, endowed with real talent but horribly immoral? Overflowing imagination, exaggerated experience… A look back at this literary epic and its aura still intact.

Documentary by Priscilla Pizzato (France, 2022, 52mn) Co-production: ARTE France, Agat Films et Cie

“The devil in the body” Sensual and without remorse

“The first book of a 17-year-old novelist”, Le diable au corps tells the love story of a 15-year-old boy and a 20-year-old young woman whose husband has gone to the front. A powerful erotic and anti-militarist story, whose sulphurous character was revived by its adaptation to the cinema in 1947 by Claude Autant-Lara, with Gérard Philipe and Micheline Presle.

Documentary by Yann Coquart (France, 2022, 52mn) Co-production: ARTE France, Ma Drogue À Moi

Wuthering Heights Love, Hate and Revenge

A monument of English literature, Wuthering Heights is the only novel by Emily Brontë, who died at the age of 30, which plunges the reader into a supernatural climate where amorous passion, humiliation and revenge mingle. Upon its publication, the work frightens as much as it scandalizes with its powerful exploration of the horrors of evil buried in everyone.

Documentary by Mathilde Damoisel (France, 2022, 52mn) Co-production: ARTE France, Les Films d’Ici

Photography: the series black butterflies

Scandal novels and adaptations: Arte makes its comeback (literary)